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ANSYS for Structural Mechanics

ANSYS products for structural mechanics offer pioneering simulation options that cover the entire spectrum, from static to dynamic. Implicit and explicit solvers are available for this purpose, for both SMP and MPP systems. Even large assemblies can be handled easily and efficiently within the ANSYS Workbench simulation platform.

Typical applications

The reduced use of materials increases strength and service life, such as in optimizing the payload or operating range for vehicle manufacturing.

For precision applications in particular, like tool machines, you can increase the processing quality and minimize wear by using gears.

High buckling loads for wind energy systems and cranes can be secured as well as possible.

High noise emissions and material damage from machines and systems can be effectively prevented.

Maximum degree of effectiveness is easier to achieve, for example with sonotrodes or in energy harvesting.

By taking into consideration the flexibility of individual components of kinematic systems, you can increase the precision and speed, for example with robots or automatic placement machines.

The effects of impact, crash, puncture, and pendulum swing can be reliably identified in order to derive preventive measures, for example with virtual fall tests for mobile phones or containment tests for turbines.

You gain better understanding of the influences of deep drawing, stamping, precision cutting, and forging on the future component behavior. As a result, the manufacturing processes can be specifically focused on improving component characteristics.

Improving stability: Structural shape of a crane
Source: Liebherr Cranes

Calculating the stiffness of a processing machine
Source: Westphal Maschinenbau

Performance characteristics

More than 80 material models provide comprehensive coverage for effects like plasticity, hyperelasticity, and creeping. An extensive library of contacts and elements makes it possible to precisely illustrate the interaction between components with numerical efficiency.

Screw pre-tension, submodel technology, strength assessment, and fracture mechanics are immediately available in the predefined processes.

Users benefit from direct access to the underlying FE technology and can integrate their own methods for material, contact, friction, and automated processes by using the programming interface.

Considering the component mechanics in conjunction with other domains, like temperature, current, and electromagnetics, delivers detailed results and increases the potential for innovation. A combined consideration of several system components allows for more precise coordination resulting in improved system performance and a greater degree of effectiveness.

ANSYS Modules

You can scale the scope of performance for your simulation system to suit the required analyses by combining the following ANSYS modules:

For non-linear, implicit mechanics with and without temperature fields that cover all non-linear effects in statics and dynamics.

For calculations accompanying the design that are limited to core functions and can be successfully implemented quite quickly.

For optimizing movement sequences in kinematic chains that are modeled with minimal calculation effort using rigid bodies, joints, and contacts.

For explicit dynamics in extreme non-linear, transient processes.

For mapping composite structures with a tool especially coordinated for composite design for model preparation, including layer design and draping, as well as for compact illustration of results based on combinable failure criteria.

For detailed examination and securing of dynamically loaded structures against fatigue: This software has been certified by Germanischer Lloyd for evaluating wind power systems and can be combined with Workbench FKM , a tool from the CADFEM ANSYS extensions, for verification of strength in accordance with FKM guidelines.

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